LACOMBE, ALTA. — The Government of Alberta is using $10 million of funding from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund to help build a $45-million clean energy and organic fertilizer facility in Lacombe, Alta.
“The Lacombe Biorefinery is a leading-edge example of Alberta innovation in action. The province is fast becoming a hub for projects that process waste while creating more value for key industries like livestock and farming, and substantially reduce emissions,” Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said in a statement.
The Lacombe Biorefinery will be the first facility in the world to showcase the full application of a technology called BioRefinex thermal hydrolysis, which uses high heat, high pressure and water to turn animal and plant waste from agriculture and food processing into organic fertilizer and renewable natural gas.
The natural gas produced will go into the local distribution system and the fertilizer will also be locally available. The facility will have capacity to generate enough renewable natural gas to heat more than 1,000 homes a year. It will also cut approximately 40,000 tonnes of emissions per year.
Enbridge Gas is matching provincial funding with $10 million for the renewable natural gas portion of the new facility.
The TIER system lets large industry firms pay into the fund when they do not meet emission targets. Emissions Reduction Alberta invests revenues from TIER to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative clean technology solutions.